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Mazda CX-9 Goes to Australia
Mazda Motor Corp. will add the CX-9, a 3-row, 7-seat crossover SUV, to its 2008 lineup in Australia. Said model will be introduced to Australia in the early part of 2008.

Mazda CX-9 was introduced in 2006 at the New York International Auto Show. The model shares the CD3 platform with Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX. The car shares the updated Mazda Tribute V6 parts as well as those of the CX-7. However, it is the first Mazda to utilize the 3.5 L V6. Said engine is capable of generating about 186kW and 325Nm of torque. Advanced features of the powertrain include the dual-overhead camshafts, variable valve timing, 4 valves per cylinder, a high compression ratio and electronic throttle control.

The standard 6-speed automatic transmission of the car delivers a refined and sporty ride. According to critics, the car has superb acceleration and highway fuel efficiency. It is further boosted by its Active Torque-Split All-Wheel Drive system that uses sensors to signal control modules. The latter will automatically distribute torque to the wheels to give solid traction.

Mazda CX-9 is also equipped with advanced Roll Stability Control (RSC) system to boost safety and comfort. The system employs wheel speed sensors and both body-roll rate to settle on the crucial corrective action needed by the car. For added safety, CX-9 also uses 4r-wheel disc ventilated brakes that include an Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) to avoid lockup during emergency use. Extra protection is offered by sensor-activated side-curtain airbags that are extended from the first to the third row seats.

"The CX-9 represents everything a Mazda SUV should be, offering ample power, striking appearance, fun-to-drive vitality, precision build quality and unexpected versatility. While other vehicles in this category focus only on what's behind the driver's seat for the family, Mazda has engineered a unique solution that is equally as exciting for the driver," says Doug Dickson, managing director of Mazda.

Mazda CX-9 is made more spacious, stylish, refine and advanced. The Japan-built version rides on an elongated 2875mm wheelbase to provide easy access to the 3-row seats and sufficient cargo space. The exterior of the car is given a dramatic-but-refined look. From its smooth and graceful silhouette yet prominent wheels and tires, muscular fenders and steeply angled windshield and backlight, to its sculpted sporty 5-point grille and wide, bold bumper - it can be ascertained that it is unmistakably Mazda.

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